The BR 80 Steam Locomotive

The BR 80 Steam Locomotive

By Roger Heid

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Here is a locomotive I have never seen in the real world, only in pictures. It is similar to the BR89.

In 1927 and 1928, there were only 39 of them manufactured. Their primary purpose was shunting duty. They were economical to operate, thus helping to reduce shunting costs. The top speed was about 30 mph.

After WW II, 17 went to the DB in West Germany. Again, they were mostly used as yard shifters, but sometimes they pulled light local freight and short passenger trains on branch lines. In 1965 they were taken out of service. Until 1977, a few of them survived and were used and maintained in the Essen area, mostly by the Ruhrkohle AG, the largest West German mining company.


Seven of them are preserved in museums. One of them is located at the Hamm Museum, where it is still used on special occasions, pulling a few 2-axle passenger cars.


In my collection, there are two BR 80s. One is labeled DB, the other bears the name ‘Kloeckner’, a private company. Both work very well. Occasionally, they perform their assigned tasks on my lay out.


Maerklin and Trix Models

Trix is offering a 2-rail DC model. Roco also has one in their catalogue (#63289). This one comes with different separate loco plates allowing you to assign it to whatever railroad authority you choose. It costs less than $100.-, but it is reported to be a smooth runner.


Roco Model 63289

If you model an Era III industrial shunting yard, you should consider adding this model to your lay out.

One Response to The BR 80 Steam Locomotive

  1. Ernest Robl says:

    I own the Roco version, and it does indeed run quite well.

    The “backstory” on mine is that it is a privately-owned restored/surviving example, and therefore lettered for my fictional track construction company. The company uses it for promotional purposes, though, in an emergency, it can also be used to move equipment around the mainteance facility for my track construction company.

    (You can easily modify the supplied Roco number plates to have the loco lettered for a private owner or museum.)

    The track construction company will actually be the single largest industry on my planned layout, with a three-track shop building and quite a few storage tracks. The track construction company will also have several second- and third-hand ÖBB diesel locomotives, giving me a chance to use these on a layout set at a time where they might otherwise have already been phased out.

    And, I also plan to have a small railroad museum at the end of my branch line, again allowing me to have some equipment that would otherwise not fit on a late Era V-early Era VI layout.

    – Ernest

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